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How do satphones really work?

A satellite telephone is a type of mobile phone that connects to orbiting satellites instead of terrestrial cell sites. The Iridium sat phones that we rent and sell have an architecture that allows for coverage of the entire Earth. This entire earth coverage is made possible by satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) which have less of a delay, due to the fact that they are orbiting much closer to the earth than traditional geosynchronous satellites. These satellites orbit with the earth and "hand off" their information onto other LEO's in the sky, making your communication a possibility.
Man in the bush on satellite phone
We also provide a low-cost alternative for fixed or mobile applications with the MSAT satphone. This satphone uses a satellite in geosynchronous orbit, which means that they remain in a fixed position in outer space at all times, providing continuous global coverage due to their high vantage point. Satellites built for geosynchronous orbit weigh about 5000kg making them very expensive to build and launch. They sit at an approximate altitude of 35,000 km; which is why there is a momentary delay when talking to someone. Your signal has to travel from your phone, to the satellite (35,000 km up) and then back down to whomever you're trying to communicate with (35,000 km down) at lightning speed!

Satellite Phones


Are you... A prospector? Geologist? A hunter, trapper, or tour guide? Going out on the land? Off to the cabin? Taking a road trip?

A satellite phone is your way of staying connected to the world when out of cell phone range. At Danmax, satellite phones are available for rental, or purchase (both new and used equipment).   A variety of satellite minute packages and monthly per-minute plans are available to choose from.  Danmax can help you to make the best decision for your operating needs




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If you’ve been blocked because you’ve forgotten your password, call 1-800-207-5759 N.O.C. (Network Operations Center) for a release code.

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